Urban Theory

Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
4.0
Course Description: 

Concepts of urbanization and urbanity vary. This course examines key paradigms in past and present urban theory. Special emphasis will be placed on two questions: How urban theories grasp changing spatial dimensions of the urban realm and what kind of background melody can be discovered in conceptualizing ‘the’ city (and the non-city) as a scientific object of knowledge.
Building upon these theoretical foundations the second part of the course focuses on urbanity in Africa. It offers a number of selected group based projects (city portraits) to critically explore the explanatory value of quotidian urban theories discussed.

Learning Outcomes: 

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Assessment: 

Final grades will be based on class participation and introductory talks (20%), class presentation of the city-projects (50%) and the written documentation of the presentation (30%)                     

Prerequisites: 

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